The Very First Time

The Very First Time Sat 20 Feb Studio One, Level 3 at His Majesty's Theatre Sat 20 Feb Studio One, Level 3 at His Majesty's Theatre $19 Event Info Buy Tickets
Sat 20 Feb at Studio One, Level 3 at His Majesty's Theatre, from $19

Rebecca Higgie and Alexander Thorpe are both debut authors who released their books in the year of COVID-19. Rebecca is the award-winning author of The History of Mischief and Alexander is the author of Death Leaves the Station. Come along to hear them talk about their new books and swap stories about the joys and curses of Zoom launches and what it’s like to hype up readers in this new era of social distancing. This session moderated by Holden Sheppard.

Rebecca Higgie

Rebecca Higgie is a writer from Perth. Her whole life has been spent in the company of books, with careers in libraries and universities. Formerly an academic at Curtin University and Brunel University London, she has published research on satire and politics. She has worked in the stacks of the State Library of Western Australia and fostered childhood literacy as the Library Officer at Guildford Primary, WA’s oldest public school. Her novel, The History of Mischief, won the 2019 Fogarty Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript.

Alexander Thorpe

Alexander Thorpe is from Fremantle, Western Australia. He has written advertising copy for pool cleaners and concrete supply companies, taught English in Joseph Stalin’s hometown and almost managed to read half of James Joyce’s Ulysses twice (which is more or less the same as having almost managed to read the whole book). Alex has written for news outlets, travel journals, marketing companies and educational providers, and has recently published his first novel, Death Leaves the Station.

Time & Location

Sat 20 Feb


Studio One, Level 3 at His Majesty's Theatre, 825 Hay Street, Perth / Karboordup



  • Pay What You Can

    • Adult: $19

Pay What You Can | Our suggested price is $19 but you can choose to pay any amount you’d like – from $0. Any amount you pay above $19 will be used to ensure that other people are able to attend Festival events where cost is normally a barrier.

His Majesty’s Theatre will be offering a menu of delicious treats at Crew and King (Menu here) and Dress Circle Bar (Menu here) for you to enjoy during Literature Weekend in the City. Grab a quick bite between sessions or sit down and enjoy a coffee and cake with your favourite book.


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  • Supported by Boffins Books

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